Hangtight is an AI-powered social planning app that empowers Residential Advisors / Residential Assistants (RAs) to efficiently plan events, schedule one-on-one meetings, and send announcements to their residents. One of the core features of Hangtight is the ability to create "Circles," which serve as dedicated spaces for communication and coordination. In this guide, we guide you through the process of creating Circles in the Hangtight App, enabling you to enhance your resident engagement and communication.

Why College Residential Advisors / Resident Assistants (RAs) Use Hangtight

At its core, university RAs bring new college students together at a major life transition event as young adults. This group naturally comes together on a recurring basis for planned activities, often on a weekly and monthly cadence. This dynamic also enables residents to build relationships with people who may become their most important friends in life. Moreover, building new relationships at a stage where life is full of unexpected events is critical. It's why Hangtight helps RAs to build tight-knit communities and foster connection early on in college. Hangtight also helps residents connect with students in other relevant Circles and student groups on the app. Here is why RAs find Hangtight invaluable for their communities:

  1. Efficient Communication: Hangtight simplifies resident communication, making it easier for RA's to share information, plan events, and engage with residents effectively
  1. Increased Event Attendance: RAs have reported increased event attendance since using Hangtight. The app's features help raise awareness of upcoming events and encourage participation
  1. Calendar Integration: Hangtight seamlessly integrates with residents' calendars, ensuring they never miss an event and have a complete view of what's coming up
  1. Measure Interest: We empower you to gather valuable insight from your residents by gauging their opinions and ideas efficiently through in-app polls 

How to Create a Hangtight Circle for Your College Residents as an RA

Step 1: Download the Hangtight App + Sign-up

If you haven't already, download the Hangtight mobile app from your device's app store. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the sign-up process, which involves providing your name, email address, and creating a secure password.

Step 2: Access the Navigation Bar

Once you have successfully signed up and logged in, you'll be greeted with the Hangtight interface. To create a Circle, follow these steps:

  1. Open the App: Launch the Hangtight App from your device
  1.  Navigate to the Navigation Bar: The Navigation Bar is usually located at the bottom of your screen and is represented by four circular icons
  1. Select the Four Circles Icon: Tap on the icon that resembles four circles. This icon is your gateway to creating Circles
Step 3: Create a Circle

Now that you've accessed the Circles menu, follow these steps to create a new Circle:

  1.  "Create Circle": Look for the "Create Circle" option within the Circles menu and tap on it
  1.  Provide Circle Information: In the next screen, you will be prompted to fill in the following details:

                 a. Circle Name: Enter a name for your Circle. This should be a clear and descriptive name that helps residents understand the purpose of the Circle (e.g., "Garber Hall 3rd Floor")

                 b. Description: Provide a brief description of the Circle. This description should highlight what residents can expect within the Circle, such as event planning, announcements, and questions

                 c. Save Your Changes: After entering the Circle name and description, save your changes - your Circle is now created!

Step 4: Invite Residents

To make your Circle active and engaging, you'll need to invite residents. Hangtight provides multiple options for inviting residents:

  1. Invite with Link: Share a link to your Circle with residents - they can join by clicking on the link
  1. Invite with QR Code: Display the Circle's QR code, and residents can scan it to join
  1. Invite via Text: Send out invitations directly to residents via text. If a user hasn't signed up for Hangtight, they will still receive text invites. Once they create an account, they will automatically be added to the Circle
Step 5: Plan Your First Event

With your Circle created and residents invited, you can now start planning your first event. Hangtight offers a feature called Flashparse for event planning, making it easy to organize and coordinate activities. Ensure that residents link their calendars to have upcoming events seamlessly integrated into their schedules.

With Circles in Hangtight, you have a powerful tool to enhance your resident engagement and communication. By following these steps, you can create a welcoming and efficient space for your residents to connect, plan, and stay informed about the exciting events and activities you have in store for them.

Learn more here about using Hangtight as a Residential Assistant (RA)!